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With Ebola now infecting more than 4,784 West Africans, killing at least 2,400 of them, the world—from Cuba to the United States—is stepping up its response. U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Atlanta on Tuesday, where The Wall Street Journal reports he will outline a ramped-up response plan at the headquarters for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The United States has spent more than $100 million on the crisis, and Obama has asked Congress for another $88
   
Christian and secular groups recently met to speak out against increased persecution of non-Hindus in India. They sought to bring attention to more than 600 attacks since the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to World Watch Monitor. Modi, the head of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), won a landslide victory in the May elections. Nationalist fervor also helped BJP win many parliamentary seats. Since that time, Hindu extremists have stepped up attacks and
   
Three former elders censured publicly say they accept pastor James MacDonald’s apology
   
MIDDLE EAST: Sec. of State John Kerry says the United States is open to private communications with Iran about the devolving security crisis in Iraq, but Iran’s supreme leader doesn’t seem interested: In a post on his personal website, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed U.S. efforts to build a coalition to combat the terror group ISIS as “absurd, hollow, and biased.” Khamenei accuses the United States of battling ISIS as a pretext to attack Syria—Iran’s main ally in the Middle
   
“I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL.” So President Barack Obama affirmed in his address to the nation last Wednesday regarding our new military operation against jihadists who call themselves the Islamic State. But he also affirmed a few dubious claims like, “If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.” The jihadists in Libya are laughing as they sit by the pool over that one. This is not just one of many drone strikes in a lawless region of a failed
   
The most enthusiastic fans at college football games are often the students themselves, sporting colorful team apparel, painted faces, and uninhibited school spirit. At a recent University of Michigan game, though, the student section showed visible gaps. Even though Michigan consistently draws the most football fans of any other college in the nation, it is losing ground with the group that should be its most devoted attendees: its students. And Michigan is not alone. Around the country,
   
WEST POINT, N.Y.—At the United States Military Academy, one of the most popular and thriving officially sanctioned clubs is an openly evangelical Christian campus ministry. Officers’ Christian Fellowship, or OCF, has a database of more than 800 Cadets and an active participation of 400—nearly 10 percent of a student body of 4,400. “We love what we do, but we’re pretty much engaged about six and a half days a week with Cadets or adults,” said retired Army Colonel Tom Austin,
   
Based on a true story, The Perfect Wave tells the story of a young surfer dude by the name of Ian McCormack, a New Zealander who seeks the ultimate wave experience. The film had a limited release in theaters earlier this year and comes to DVD this week. In the movie, Ian sells his car and, despite his parents’ misgivings, travels the world’s beaches seeking not just the perfect wave, but that moment that comes closest to “touching eternity.” During his subculture sojourn,
   
I’m not sure we can do it anymore—wage comprehensive war from vigorous beginning to unambiguous conclusion. Our last successful conflict (not counting brief military actions) ended in 1945. Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan ended inconclusively at best and ignominiously at worst. But the situation developing in Iraq now might be even worse than ignominious: a never-ending, half-hearted reaction to the enemy crossing enough red lines. Even World War II (the successful one) had its
   
As September lives up to its promise of plummeting temperatures, I receive this email from a Pennsylvania friend transplanted in West Palm Beach, Fla.: “But I see our own temps starting to drift downward. High of 87 tomorrow. It’s interesting, this nostalgia for coolness. You try to remember the last time you opened a window, or thought you might need a jacket. You almost forget that it is ever any different than it is right now. “I wonder how much of life is like that. I have the
   
Benghazi bombshell. A former U.S. State Department leader has accused the agency’s employees of filtering out potentially damaging documents before giving them to the review board that investigated the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Raymond Maxwell, a former deputy assistant secretary, told The Daily Signal he personally saw employees who were close to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton going through documents in a basement room at the State Department on a Sunday
   
The fight over Texas textbooks is back again, and this time, criticism of proposed social studies books touch on religious topics from Moses to Muslims and separation of church and state.  The Texas State Board of Education plans to approve new social studies books in November. On Wednesday, the Texas Freedom Network (TFN) Education Fund, a non-profit aiming “to counter the religious right,” released reviews of 43 history, geography, and government textbooks under consideration.
   
Marking time. We’ve not seen a lot of movement up or down in the Dow or the S&P 500 in the past three weeks. The fact that we’re near record highs is taking some of the sting out of the stagnation. If you’ve got to stall out anywhere, you want to stall out where you’ve got a view, rather than down it a ditch. A week ago Friday the S&P 500 set its 33rd record high close for the year. So it’s understandable that the markets aren’t continuing a rush upward, and lots of
   
A video posted online by ISIS on Saturday claims to show the beheading of David Haines, a 44-year-old aid worker from the U.K. who was abducted in Syria last year. The video appeared a day after Haines’ family made a public plea to his captors to contact them. The British Foreign Office said late Saturday that it was “working urgently to verify” the video. “If true, this is another disgusting murder,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. “We are offering the family every
   
Training and nurturing covenant children while preparing them for ‘works of service’
   
Did you hear the one about the poor peasant whose goat has died? The peasant catches a golden fish who tells him, “Ask for anything you want.” The peasant responds, “Oh, let my neighbor’s goat die too.” Doctoral students have written tomes about Jewish humor, the bittersweet (and sometimes just plain bitter) kind that went national with Jack Benny and others in the mid-20th century and viral with Seinfeld at the turn of the millennium. But a trip to the Balkans this summer left me
   
Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership By John Maxwell When you’ve written more than 60 books, where do you find ideas for another one? Leadership guru John Maxwell decided to open the floor to the general public. He solicited people’s leadership questions on social media, and then wove them—and their answers—into  Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership  (Center Street, 2014). Some of the questions are
   
A grand jury in Texas indicted star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and a warrant for his arrest was issued Friday by the Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office for “reckless or negligent injury to a child” for the way he spanked his son. Peterson turned himself in to authorities north of Houston early Saturday morning and was released after posting a $15,000 bond. The Vikings have benched Peterson for their game Sunday against the New England Patriots.
   
Young women who read sexually violent fiction often display the same behavioral symptoms as those who have actually been victimized, according to a study published last month in W omen’s Health .  The research team compared women, ages 18 to 24, who had read at least one novel in the Fifty Shades series with those who had not. Fifty Shades , one of the top-selling fiction series in history, is a trilogy of romantic novels that graphically portrays the victimization of one young woman in
   
An Arizona man whose same-sex partner died last month can be listed as the spouse on his death certificate, a judge ruled today. Fred McQuire won his case even though Arizona doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. McQuire and his partner, George Martinez, got married this summer in California, where same-sex marriage is legal. But because Arizona didn’t recognize their union, McQuire couldn’t qualify for Social Security and veteran’s benefits after Martinez died. His lawyers argued
   
NICK EICHER: Apple unveiled this week the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch and new software and hardware to change the way we pay. But the day after the big tech event in Cupertino, Calif., Twitter users griped about the difficulty they had in watching the two-hour event on live stream. Browser incompatibility, lack of bandwidth, and bad audio all contributed to the “first-world problem” complaints that have become a social media classic. I talked this week with John Stonestreet
   
Ian Paisley, one of Northern Ireland’s most fiery political and religious figureheads, died Friday at age 88. Through his church and his half century of political activism, Paisley became the face of one of the most conservative Protestant factions in the bloody conflict with Roman Catholics over Northern Ireland’s sovereignty. “Although ours is the grand hope of reunion, naturally as a family we are heartbroken,” his wife, Eileen, said in a statement. Paisley was born on April 6,
   
Because I sometimes write about Christian leaders who fall into scandal and sin, I was expecting the call. A reporter from the NBC affiliate in my hometown of Charlotte, N.C., wanted to interview me about a local pastor whose church had abruptly placed him on paid leave while an “H.R. complaint” against him was investigated. This was not any church. It was Calvary Church, perhaps the most prominent church in town, with a massive cathedral-like building on a major thoroughfare. The
   
Christian rockers About A Mile—whose name references the distance Jesus carried His cross—deliver a solid first effort with their self-titled debut album. A sturdy and uncomplicated rock set with a wide dynamic range, it’s the kind of Christian album that should please everyone in the family—easy hooks and choruses for the kids to sing, along with a little sweetness for Mom, a bit of grunge for Dad, and even a little angst for the teens. Given the age of the band members—three
   
Gift of life. Doctors have treated Rick Sacra, a missionary doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, with serum extracted from blood donated by Kent Brantly, a fellow physician who survived the disease. With no approved medications to treat Ebola, virus-fighting antibodies from the body of a survivor could help Sacra heal more quickly. Brantly received a similar treatment from an African Ebola survivor before he was evacuated to Emory University Hospital this summer. Sacra’s
   
We worship a God of second chances. His grace is immeasurable, and without it we’d all be doomed. We love to expound upon and promote grace. It is foundational to our very being. Sometimes, though, grace gets complicated. Like when it gets mixed up with a demand for justice (or revenge). This week TMZ released the complete video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice viciously punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in a casino elevator back in February. He struck her so hard that
   
As the flow of child migrants to the United States via Mexico shows signs of a major slowdown, France and Britain are facing an increase in migrant tensions. According to Obama administration figures, 3,141 unaccompanied minors crossed the U.S. border in August. But that’s down from a high of 10,622 recorded in June. Not since February 2013 have child migrant crossings been so low. Earlier this summer, the Obama administration waged a public relations campaign in Central America to try
   
After yesterday’s column my editor said, “Thanks to you, I have ‘I Me Mine’ going through my head this morning.” Ah! The notorious “earworm” got to him! The earworm is a curious phenomenon indeed, about which I happen to have done some contemplating. It attacks when one least expects it, when one is minding one’s business liberally applying one’s peremptory red pen to a poor underling website contributor’s column. Why is it that a snatch of a tune or a lyric can take
   
Debating between a cup of joe or a quick siesta to make it through the day? Try both. As it turns out, power napping and coffee drinking share a latte common ground (shameless coffee puns intended). Scientific evidence shows the “coffee nap” is an effective remedy for the afternoon slumps. Though it sounds paradoxical, researchers claim having a cup of coffee followed by a 20-minute nap allows for greater refreshment, reports Vox.  According to the report, multiple studies at
   
The Air Force has given an atheist airman until November to take his enlistment oath, which includes the phrase “so help me God.” If he refuses, he will not be allowed to rejoin his unit. Atheist groups have taken up the unnamed airman’s cause, but he may find himself caught in a battle over the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches. The American Humanist Association (AHA) has written to inspectors general for the Air Force and Creech Air Force Base in
   
Two years after the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, a number of still unanswered questions surround the U.S. response on Sept. 11, 2012.Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack. This week, several men who feel certain they could have saved those lives published their account of the events of that night in a book called 13 Hours in Benghazi .  The three former military members of a private security team that fought the
   
Last week I quoted former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman’s terrific description of what’s wrong in American and European reporting about Israel. Some readers have asked for more than the who, what, when, where, and how; they want to know why . Here are some insights from Friedman that I didn’t quote: “For centuries, stateless Jews played the role of a lightning rod for ill will among the majority population. They were a symbol of things that were wrong. Did you want to make
   
Preventative solutions to sexual assault are getting stylish. The startup company Undercover Colors, which markets itself as “the first fashion company to prevent sexual assault,” is currently developing a nail polish capable of detecting the presence of common date-rape drugs like Rohypnol and Xanax, which are generally colorless and odorless, in beverages. All a woman has to do is dip her nail into a drink and see if the polish changes color. What the product may lack in discretion
   
The Missouri state legislature enacted a 72-hour wait period for abortions yesterday, overriding Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto from earlier this year. The Democratic governor had previously vetoed the legislation because it didn’t include exceptions for rape and incest. Missouri passed a 24-hour wait period in 2003 that also didn’t include rape and incest exceptions. The governor labeled the new bill “extreme and disrespectful” toward women.   The law, set to take effect in 30
   
“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.” I rehearsed the words over and over again to myself, the thin pages of my Bible quiz book growing finger-worn. Bible quizzing, if you haven’t heard of it, is a ministry that encourages teenagers to memorize Scripture and then compete with other teens in nationwide competitions. The adult quizmaster sits before two teams of rapt adolescents and asks them
   
Walkout. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walked off the stage at a gala dinner for Middle Eastern Christians after some in the crowd booed his pro-Israel remarks. “I told the attendees that those who hate Israel also hate America, that those who hate Jews also hate Christians, and that anyone who hates Israel and the Jewish people is not following the teachings of Christ,” Cruz said in a statement after the speech. He was speaking at a dinner hosted by the recently founded group In Defense of
   
On the anniversary of 9/11, families of victims reflect and officials assess the current terrorist threat from the Middle East
   
Last week, Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage declared support for a mother in a battle with child welfare officials over a do-not-resuscitate order they imposed on her infant daughter.  “The existing law violates the sanctity of parental rights, and I cannot support it,” said LePage, in a statement released to FoxNews.  Since LePage’s announcement, child welfare officials, who were previously granted authority to make medical decisions for the baby, say they will now
   
The “indefinite suspension” of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for knocking out his then-fiancée, now wife, in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino has again provoked debate about domestic violence and what the National Football League tolerates when it affects a star player. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who last spring testified to Rice’s good character, says a new video has “changed things.” Rice was initially suspended for two games after part of a video showed
   
Painful histories. The personal genome-mapping company 23andMe markets itself to family history enthusiasts, promising to “bring your family to life.” But this fascinating article in Vox shows that in at least 7,000 cases, “users have discovered that their parents weren’t who they thought they were, or that they they had siblings they never knew existed.” In the past, users had to opt-in to discover those family connections, but now it will happen automatically, leading to more
   
 
   
 
   
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